It’s the final day of a year that has been mundane, trying, and awful at times, with the occasional surprisingly good moment mixed in throughout. Over the course of the past weeks and months, we relied on our various webs of support, on our communities, on ourselves. We learned lessons and made tough decisions and we watched a lot of Netflix too. Mostly, we made it through, one way or another.
Below, we’re sharing a roundup of some of the things we stumbled upon on the Internet over the course of the last month of 2020, from moving articles to delicious recipes to a couple of charming home tours (and more). Thanks for sticking with us this year—for reading, commenting, sharing, and everything in between. Happy new year to you and yours.
1. This Cup of Jo home tour is bursting with color. When I first stumbled upon the article, I read through it once, then scrolled through the photos again (and again…and again). It’s chock-full of decor inspiration for color lovers and the color hesitant alike.
2. A squash and caramelized onion tart that’s as beautiful as it is delicious (I’ve eaten it and can vouch for this!). I would recommend making for a future holiday gathering or a quiet meal at home—for any occasion, really. If you like squash and onions, it won’t disappoint.
3. “Using the Homeless to Guard Empty Houses,” a starkly moving piece in The New Yorker by Francesca Mari that dives into the housing crisis in Los Angeles and a new version of house-sitting that’s emerged. (I came upon this deeply worthwhile piece via Sophia Roe.)
4. Serving New York, a cookbook that includes easy, pantry-friendly recipes from 45 of New York City’s most beloved restaurants. 100% of the profits from the hardcover book will go to ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants) x Robin Hood’s restaurant relief fund, providing cash assistance to NYC restaurant workers. I bought this book for my boyfriend and would highly recommend it! (It’s currently sold out on the main site but available online through Brooklyn’s Books Are Magic.)
5. A charming home tour (with beautiful photos to boot) on Chris Loves Julia that details the importance of “listening to your house” as you design a particular space.
6. A small business that sells beautiful dried floral arrangements, perfectly packaged and ready to display. Their products are an ideal purchase for anyone in your life (or for yourself) who maybe isn’t the best at keeping green living things alive.
7. “What It Feels Like to Have Autism,” an article on Cup of Jo that features an interview with Camilla Pang, a postdoctoral scientist living in England who is on the autism spectrum. It’s a beautiful, empathetic read we’d recommend.
8. For anyone prone to making messes (or whose kids are prone to such a thing, or whose dog unwittingly drags in dirt and debris and who-knows-what each and every day), might I recommend browsing the Ruggable new year sale? Their rugs are designed to be machine washable and are beautiful to boot! I recently purchased this one for my entryway and can attest to its quality and beauty firsthand. (This is not an ad! Just a recommendation from a happy customer who is now browsing their site for a second rug after spilling a very dark beer onto her very cream living room rug mere days ago. C’est la vie.)
9. A deeply relatable and also infuriating essay on The Cut by Heather Havrilesky entitled, “Are You Aging Correctly?” that I stumbled upon via one Kate Baer. In it, the author explores what is expected of women as we age, and why she’s focusing her energy elsewhere these days.
10. Speaking of Kate Baer, let us end this post with her poem for the new year. Happy (almost) 2021 folks.
BY Jackie Saffert - December 31, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.